Car smashes through supermarket window

Car smashes through supermarket window

A workman attempts to remove some of the framework of the window at Waitrose in York after a driver accidently reversed her car through it. Picture: Garry Atkinson

Waitrose in York, where a driver accidently reversed her car through a glass wall. Picture: Garry Atkinson (6516271)

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A CAR crashed through the glass wall of supermarket Waitrose yesterday, after an elderly driver accidentally reversed into the store.

Emergency crews were called to the upmarket food store in York at 4.45pm on Saturday (May 24), when the Ford Fiesta smashed through the glass and metal frame and came to rest in the shop.

Customers reported hearing a loud bang as the car shattered the window.

A member of staff was slightly injured in the accident, suffering minor cuts and bruises, and the elderly driver was assisted from her vehicle by firefighters. She was checked by paramedics at the scene but was uninjured.

Firefighters from York and Acomb and a heavy rescue unit from Tadcaster were all sent to the scene. They made sure the area was safe before handing the incident over to police.

Specialist contractors were called in to remove the twisted metal from around the car.

The store on Foss Islands Road in York, was closed for the remainder of the day and reopened at 11am this morning (Sunday, May 25) after the area was cleaned up and the window boarded up.

A Waitrose spokeswoman said: "Thankfully nobody was seriously injured and we're very grateful to the emergency services for their prompt and expert response."

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3:44pm Sun 25 May 14

nigel d says...

Sorry but this was not accidental, it is down to frail elderly drivers who no longer have the ability to drive safely and the sense to realise when it is time to hand in their licence. Ps hope everyone's unhurt.
Sorry but this was not accidental, it is down to frail elderly drivers who no longer have the ability to drive safely and the sense to realise when it is time to hand in their licence. Ps hope everyone's unhurt. nigel d
  • Score: 5

4:05pm Sun 25 May 14

studio says...

nigel d wrote:
Sorry but this was not accidental, it is down to frail elderly drivers who no longer have the ability to drive safely and the sense to realise when it is time to hand in their licence. Ps hope everyone's unhurt.
Not accidental??

Whilst i appreciate your comments and think extra tests should be made at a certain age ( as I'm sure some elderly drivers are perfectly capable of driving safely ) If you think this wasn't an accident, you are implying the driver did it on purpose? I find that hard to believe!

Maybe she just panicked when she saw how much her shopping was! :)
[quote][p][bold]nigel d[/bold] wrote: Sorry but this was not accidental, it is down to frail elderly drivers who no longer have the ability to drive safely and the sense to realise when it is time to hand in their licence. Ps hope everyone's unhurt.[/p][/quote]Not accidental?? Whilst i appreciate your comments and think extra tests should be made at a certain age ( as I'm sure some elderly drivers are perfectly capable of driving safely ) If you think this wasn't an accident, you are implying the driver did it on purpose? I find that hard to believe! Maybe she just panicked when she saw how much her shopping was! :) studio
  • Score: 10

5:00pm Sun 25 May 14

stevegg says...

All drivers should face manadatory retests at least every 3 years following state retirement age, whilst there are lots of elderly drivers using the road who are safe there are also lots who are unsafe to drive but refuse to recognise this and continue to drive putting others people at risk.
All drivers should face manadatory retests at least every 3 years following state retirement age, whilst there are lots of elderly drivers using the road who are safe there are also lots who are unsafe to drive but refuse to recognise this and continue to drive putting others people at risk. stevegg
  • Score: 14

9:35pm Sun 25 May 14

Jackaranda says...

Elderly, Female and reversing, an accident just waiting to happen!!
Elderly, Female and reversing, an accident just waiting to happen!! Jackaranda
  • Score: 3

9:47pm Sun 25 May 14

OldBiddyFrom Barney says...

Unfortunately as you age it is very easy to mistake wanting to be independant and being very very selfish. I no longer drive the horse box because I know I am not capable of driving it round the Market Cross confidently anymore.

There are numerous minor accidents every day caused by silly old biddies and old gadgies you just have to be honest with yourselves and stop before you cause any damage to yourself OR OTHERS
Unfortunately as you age it is very easy to mistake wanting to be independant and being very very selfish. I no longer drive the horse box because I know I am not capable of driving it round the Market Cross confidently anymore. There are numerous minor accidents every day caused by silly old biddies and old gadgies you just have to be honest with yourselves and stop before you cause any damage to yourself OR OTHERS OldBiddyFrom Barney
  • Score: 9

3:33pm Mon 26 May 14

perrow says...

well,well,pick on the oap,s,don,t say anything about the yobs driving,no ins,no licence,.
well,well,pick on the oap,s,don,t say anything about the yobs driving,no ins,no licence,. perrow
  • Score: -6

9:18am Tue 27 May 14

studio says...

perrow wrote:
well,well,pick on the oap,s,don,t say anything about the yobs driving,no ins,no licence,.
I do apologise, i thought i was reading a story about an OAP crashing through a supermarket window. My mistake.
[quote][p][bold]perrow[/bold] wrote: well,well,pick on the oap,s,don,t say anything about the yobs driving,no ins,no licence,.[/p][/quote]I do apologise, i thought i was reading a story about an OAP crashing through a supermarket window. My mistake. studio
  • Score: 5

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